Australian Council on Children and the Media

WordBrain - Gaming on the tail AB

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A word puzzle game. Caution: in-app purchases and online activity.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of WordBrain was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 11 March 2015.

About the app

This section contains details about the app provided by an ACCM Reviewer.

Name of app: WordBrain
Developed by: Gaming on the tail AB
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: iTunes: 4+
ACCM suggested age: 7+ difficulty level
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of WordBrain contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

Game reviewed to Pack 3, level 9.

App description

WordBrain is a puzzle game where the player has to find the correct words hidden in the puzzle. The player must find all the words correctly to clear the grid and finish the puzzle.

Reviewers comments

The player begins with a 2x2 grid with four jumbled letters. The player must swipe in any direction (Left, Right, Up, Down and Diagonal) to create a word with the letters. The small blank squares beneath the grid show the player how many words and the length of the words, that they have to find. There is a hint button, where the player can ask for hints if they are stuck. When the player runs out of hints they can buy more (see In App purchasing for more detail). The game gets progressively harder as the grid gets larger and the words get longer. The game has 30 packs and 10 levels in each pack.

WordBrain is a fun and challenging puzzle game. It is great for language development and developing puzzle solving skills. WordBrain is appropriate for all ages, however, because of its difficulty it is recommended for ages seven and older.

In App purchasing

Yes: You can buy hints to help you with the puzzle for real money. The prices for hints range from $1.29 for a small amount to $16.99 for an extra-large amount.

Online information

In the settings menu, the player has the option of connecting to Facebook to compare scores with their friends.

Gambling

No gambling content found during this review.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

No game playing behaviour which may be of concern to parents was found during the review.

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Gambling content advice

Simulated casino style gambling. Not suitable for minors

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No gambling content found in the levels played

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